Remains of 8 veterans, long unclaimed, buried in Texas

Associated Press


The remains of eight U.S. military veterans stored for years in the basement of a county courthouse in the Texas Panhandle have been interred as part of a formal ceremony in San Antonio.

The servicemen were buried Friday at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

No family or friend had claimed any of the eight men when they died.

The San Antonio Express-News said Navy petty officer Coy Washington Black, 67, had been in the basement the longest – 15 years.

Friday’s burial was provided by the Missing in America Project, a group that has given final honors to more than 3,500 veterans.

Little is known about the men other than their names, birth and death dates.

The others are: Tech Sgt. Dana Dean Milton Jr., 85, served in the Army, Navy and Air Force; Navy Aviation Recruit George Machoul Aswad II, 58; Army Pfc. Andrew Benson Bramlett, 61; Army Pvt. Robert Pete Brunner, 71; Navy Seaman Everett Earl Criss, 71; Army Pfc. Don Stewart, 83; and Marine Pfc. Floyd Ray White, 65.

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